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ingulfed in flames. the gunfire continues. >> in the remote mountains outside of los angeles, a violate shootout and now a roaring fire. late o today a sipgle gunshot heard from inside the cabin with christopher is holed up and then game the flames. followed by a series of loud bangs, possibly ammunition exploding in the fire. thises a a dramatic last. minute plea to give himself up. >> if he's watching this, a message for himself is, enough is enough. it's time to turn yourself in. it's time to stop the bloodshed. >> reporter: gunfire. cloez close in killed of one of their own and torments an entire community for the past six days. the whole exchange broadcast on live television. authorities say the suspect, holed up inside the hillside cabin, is christopher dorner, a former los angeles police officer skilled in sniper tactics. >> during that exchange of gun fire, two officers were injured. they've been air lifted to a local hospital.
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right now, their condition is unknown. >> reporter: it started this afternoon when police say dorner burglarized a home, tied up two women and stole their vehicle. one of those women reportedly broke free and called for help. then police say dorner may have crashed that car and fled to these cabins, barricading himself as teams of police officers with their rifles drawn fired. the massive police response witnessed by our los angeles affiliate, kabc. >> well, i'm here off bryant street and highway 38 where we are seeing a massive, and i can't reiterate this, a massive police presence. >> reporter: all roads leading to and from the mountain, closed. some schools in the area, put on lockdown. the bloody stand off comes after dorner allegedly killed the daughter of his former lieutenant and her fiance. then days later, shot and killed a police officer, leading place on an international manhunt for his capture. and one of the few clues he left behind, a chilling manifesto, where he vows to kill police officers and their families.
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after investigators posted a million dollar reward, more than 1,000 tips poured in, but all along, the chase continued on snowy big bear mountain. they don't know how the fire started or when they will enter the burning house. the big concern now, night fall and whether the darkness will allow dorner to escape if he is still alive. incredible tense and dangerous afternoon. i want to bring in abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas. what are you learned, pier? >> diane, all night my sources have been calling this most the dangerous of situations. with that cabin up in flames those images prove they were right. my sources an tis palted this would end in bloody fashion. you can take dorner at his word. he said, quote, self preservation is no longer important to me. i do not fear death. as i died long ago. the situation is still
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dangerous. they've got to figure out a way to make certainer that dorner snot able to escape in that cloud of smoke. they're taking no chances. they describe dorner as lethal. someone well versed in the use of handguns and assault rifles. he even said he had a 50 caliber rifle. did he die in those flames? they're likely to use some sort of bulldozer to probe the building. they clearly decided to let mr. dorner die if he was inside. >> all right. standing by, watching this story. we of course will be staying with it to bring you every new development throughout this broadcast. but we do want to move on to the state of union. the president's focus will include jobs and gun violent in america. even as the drama is playing out on the west coast. let's go to jonathan karl on that. john? >> reporter: diane, well, the bulk of the speech will be on the economy. the president will say that a growing economy that creates
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good middle class jobs, quote, must be the north star that guides our efforts. but the emotion in that room, in that chamber, will come on the issue of gun violence, as several victims of recent mass shootings will be watching in person from the visitor's gallery. when the president gives his big speech, the visitor's gallery is usually packed with friends and family members of congress. but among the faces that will be looking down on him tonight will be those shaken by gun violence. the mother of a.j. boik will be there. he was a teenager killed in the aurora, colorado, movie theater shooting. a teacher shot and wounded in the sandy hook massacre will also be there. and the mother of gabe zimmerman, who was among the six people killed in the assassination attempt on gabby giffords. all told, more than 40 people with their own tragic stories will be spread throughout the chamber. >> i want members of congress to know that they're looking up in the gallery, seeing all the people there that are watching the president's speech that are looking at the congress and knowing that they're waiting for
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us to act. >> reporter: it was congressman jim langevin who convinced more than three dozen colleagues to give up their prized tickets to the state of the union to victims of gun violence. >> this is the effort. this is the time. if not now, when? >> reporter: he has seen first-hand what guns can do. he was paralyzed by an errant bullet when he was just 16. also in the chamber will be kaitlin roig. she was the first grade teacher at sandy hook who spoke to diane sawyer just hours after the massacre about how she hid her 15 students in the bathroom. >> i said, no, we just have to be absolutely quiet and we have -- i said, there are bad guys out there now, we have to wait for the good guys. >> reporter: she will be a guest of the first lady, and sure to be mentioned in the president's speech. while the emotion will be on guns, the new proposals will be in the area of the economy and, diane, a big announcement on afghanistan in bringing u.s. troops home. the president will announce that more than half of those now in afghanistan will be home by this time next year. >> going to be a big speech
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tonight. i want to bring in "good morning america" co-anchor and anchor of "this week" george stephanopoulos, jon will be covering it, we will be here together, george. how challenging do you expect the president's tone to be? >> reporter: very. because the president believes he's coming into this more popular than house republicans and with the public approving of his general approach to creating jobs, investing in jobs right now, lowering the deficit over the long-term with a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases. and the president knows there's a big showdown coming up. these automatic across the board spending cuts kick in on march first. government could shout down at the end of march. you talk to both sides right now, that is coming. so, the president wants to make the best case tonight. it will be a confrontational case. >> and senator rubio is going to be giving the answer from the republicans. what do you expect from that? >> reporter: he's a rising star in the republican party. already talked about as a possible presidential pick in 2016. he will also focus on the middle class and say that economic growth is the best way to do that but disagree with the way the president does it. look for him to personalize this, talk about his family.
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one place where there may be common ground, immigration reform. the president and senator rubio are actually quite close on immigration reform and both believe it can get done this year. >> all right, well, george and i, as i said, and jonathan karl and the abc news political team will be right here, starting at 9:00 p.m. eastern for this big event. these dueling speeches tonight. and we hope you will be joining us then. in other news today, we turn overseas now. there is news from north korea, creating headlines around the world. the secretive country boasting today it has successfully tested a nuclear device for the third time. this one with enough power to destroy a city, packing about half the power of the bomb that was dropped on hiroshima. president obama calling it a highly provocative act and urging swift action from allies. and the other big headline from overseas tonight, what we're learning about pope benedict. new pictures of the place he will live in retirement.
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and the call for a new pope who represents a changing world. abc's david wright is at the vatican for us tonight. >> reporter: at the end of the month, he'll have to move out of the apostolic palace, the pope's official residence since the 17th century. every previous occupant has stayed until he died. pope benedict will be the first to walk out the door. he won't have to walk far. today, the vatican revealed his retirement home is just behind st. peter's. a former nunnery with its own chapel and library. today, the vatican spokesman also disclosed new details about the pope's deteriorating health, revealing he has a pacemaker and he recently underwent surgery to replace the batteries. >> nothing sudden. but over the past few years, he certainly slowed down a bit. >> reporter: already, the focus is on choosing his successor. a process that's not at all like voting for president. >> you try to read god's mind. you say, lord, who do you want as pope? >> reporter: a black pope or an
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asian pope would make history. one possible candidate? cardinal peter turkson of ghana. >> the new pope has to be very sensitive to the present condition of humanity. >> reporter: for centuries, the college of cardinals has been overwhelmingly white. among the voting cardinals today, there are as many italians as there are africans and asians combined. the papacy tends to reflect that. today, irish bookies were outside st. peter's square, taking bets. who has the best odds here? >> the canadian chap. >> reporter: that would be cardinal marc ouellet, of montreal, who would be the first north american pope. >> just ahead of cardinal turkson, from ghana. >> reporter: they don't really like betters belittling this process. >> what is the problem, sir? >> reporter: we watched as they dragged the bookies off. isn't betting a sin? >> is it a sin? i don't know if it's a sin -- >> reporter: it's a vice. >> maybe it is. some would argue it's entertainment.
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>> reporter: speculating as to who the next pope will be is a form of entertainment, just about everyone here in rome seems to be engaged in right now. but unless you are one of the men in red on the inside, diane, it's just a parlor game. >> all right, david wright reporting in from the vatican tonight. and now the latest on the 4,200 people stranded on that carnival cruise ship that lost power. they are finally moving towards shore. pulled by tug boats in the gulf of mexico at 6 miles per hour. at that rate, it will be another 48 hours before they're back at port. and this today. passengers reporting horrendous conditions after a fire cut power sunday morning. no lights, no water. broken toilets, they say, and limited food. and still ahead on "world news," why the victims of the ft. hood shooting, more than three years later, say the u.s. government has let them down. >> you think that's insensitive to the soldiers? >> brian ross gets answers tonight.
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victimized again. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross gets answers. and we want to warn you that some of this video is graphic. >> reporter: at the state of the union three years ago, president obama arranged a hero's welcome for ft. hood police sergeant kimberly munley. she now says she feels used. >> betrayal would be a good word. >> reporter: just a few months earlier, munley had been shot three times as she and her partner ended the deadly rampage. the chaotic aftermath seen here for the first time in a new video obtained by abc news. authorities say the accused shooter, major nidal hasan, identified by victims as the man in this photo, had communicated with an al qaeda leader and wanted to kill even more. >> he had over 177 rounds still left on his person. >> reporter: munley, who has since been laid off, says the president broke the promise that he made, that the ft. hood shooting victims would be well taken care of. >> not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of.
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in fact, they've been neglected. very badly. >> reporter: so the president's promise was not fulfilled. >> no. >> reporter: what has so upset munley and the other victims, and led them to file a lawsuit, is the decision to deny the injured soldiers a purple heart, terming the ft. hood shooting simply "workplace violence." recently retired staff sergeant shawn manning, who still has bullets lodged in his body, says that means lower priority veterans medical care and a loss of tens of thousands of dollars in benefits. >> basically, they're treating us like i was downtown and got hit by a car. >> reporter: the army says it's not true that victims are being neglected, and secretary of the army, john mchugh, told abc news the purple heart can only be awarded if the attack involves a foreign terrorist element. >> so, to declare that soldier a foreign terrorist would have a potentially profound effect on the ability to conduct a trial. >> reporter: are you satisfied with that, secretary? >> i think i've answered your questions repeatedly.
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>> reporter: republican members of congress now say they will introduce legislation to require the victims to be given the benefits they say they are being denied. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> and you can watch more of brian's reporting tonight on "nightline" at its new time, 12:35 a.m. eastern. and coming up next, the possibility of a big change at the super bowl next year? it's our "instant index" tonight. it any other way. but your erectile dysfunction - you know, that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include headache, upset stomach,
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>> reporter: you want to think pomp and ceremony like this is set in stone. in the constitution or some place, but actually, there's always been a fair amount of tweaking and improv going on. like, look here, last year's speech, the guy shaking the president's hand. the year before that, the same guy. more than ten years before, same guy. 24 years before? same guy. new york's elliott engel, who always gets there hours ahead of time. this afternoon, he had a space marked out already, but he risked stepping outside to tell us why he has to do this now. >> now, people are so used to seeing me, i think if i didn't show up, they'd think i was sick or something. >> reporter: other kinds of tweaks and improv. well, there that's point to the heroes in the high seats thing, year after year. but it only started in 1982, when a man named lenny skutnik improved a rescue in real life. and ronald reagan's speech writer tweaked the speech that put lenny in that chair. audience improv? well, the time president obama tweaked the supreme court on a decision about campaign financing.
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and justice alito retweaked, "not true." that wasn't in the script. but then, neither is elliott engel, who is always there, a fixture, overlooked by the constitution, but definitely part of the ceremony. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> and before we say good night, i want to thank all of you who tweeted me today, because i asked you to complete the phrase, "the state of the union is --" and your tweets signaled that you think it is a changing world. some of the words you used, evolving, a work in progress, fragmented. and by the way, i liked the one tweet that said, "the state of the union is late for a school night." thank you for watching tonight. we're always working for you at abcnews.com. and of course, our special late coverage of the state of the union will be begin right here at 9:00 p.m. eastern. i will see you then. good night.
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good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm carolyn johnson. abc news coverage of the state of the union address begins in just a moment. >> flames and black smoke pour are a mountain cabin where authorities say fugitive ex-cop christopher dorner barricaded himself after shooting and killing one deputy and wounding another this afternoon. he is wanted for three other killings apparently as revenge for being kicked off the course, police have not been able to enter the burning cabin. >> the mother of a concord teenager hit by a cartels abc 7 news joey hornsby has serious injuries but is getting better. sky 7 was just minutes after the 14-year-old was struck. his mother says it has no stop sign or yield sign. she would like to see more
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than a yellow pedestrian crossing sign. >> we want to give you a look at the forecast as well. >> we have clear skies right now. no clouds around. it will be on the cool side overnight but look at the accu-weather forecast. sunny day as head throughout the weekend, mild high temperatures getting up around 70 before the end of the week. >> thank you very much. >> that does it for now. now to diane sawyer and abc's coverage of the state of the union address. >> it's before a joint session of congregs. this is an abc news special. the state of the union. >> my fellow americans, we have made for this moment and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together. >> with a grid lock congress and divided nation, what will the president do to lead us and bring america back? >> creating jobs right here in the united states of america. we've got to end the cycle of gun violence. immigration reform is within our grasp.
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we can make our health care programs work better. we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> tonight, before a joint session of congress and the american people, president obama makes his case. can he rally our country and move his agenda forward? live from abc news, the state of the union and the republican response. now, reporting from our nation's capital, diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos. >> and a good evening to all of you. we welcome you, as we gather with you to watch president obama's state of the union address. as he challenges congress and tries to harness public opinion behind his plan of action for the first year of his second term. >> the focus will be on the economy, diane. creating jobs. that's been the struggle of his presidency. the president believes he has the public on his side on that issue. most of the speech will be about that. but he has a new mission for his second term. ending gun violence and so much emotion around that issue tonight. >> emotion in that room and also this convergence with the drama we have seen unfolding today out in california.

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